Michael Brockers swam moved one step closer to a return on Thursday. After making his regular season practice debut on Wednesday, the St. Louis Rams' first-round pick was back in action for a second day, albeit in a role officially listed as limited.
He still expects to play this week, though that could change between now and game day, especially since he himself admitted that his ankle was not back to 100 percent. Brockers suffered an ankle sprain against the Ravens in the fourth and final game of the preseason.
There is likely to be plenty more rough play in the trenches on Sunday against the Seahawks. The reality is, however, that few football players are truly 100 percent during course of the season. So long as Brockers still has most of his incredible strength, the Rams defensive line should be able to more than hold its own against the Seahawks.
Elsewhere on the injury front, left tackle Wayne Hunter was limited in practice on Thursday. Hunter might be the Rams' best offensive tackle at this point in the season, cause for concern in and of itself. Fielding a team without him against a powerful, fast Seattle defensive line could be costly for quarterback Sam Bradford.
Defensive tackle Matt Conrath did not practice, putting his status for this week in doubt. A raw undrafted rookie free agent, the Rams could still use some depth on their defensive line rotation.